Thursday, May 12, 2016
Dark Horse Comics Announces "Witchfinder: City of the Dead"
The Creator of HELLBOY, The Co-Creator of i,ZOMBIE and The Original Artist of WITCHFINDER Unite for a Tale of Victorian Horror and the Undead
Dark Horse Comics to Publish WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD, a 5 Issue Series From Dark Horse Comics
MILWAUKIE, OR— This August, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, original WITCHFINDER series artist Ben Stenbeck and colorist Michelle Madsen will unite for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD. In this five part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, must defeat scores of flesh-eating corpses on the loose in London and explore a temple beneath London full of ancient secrets. Artist Julián Totino Tedesco will provide covers for the series.
“One of the great things about the monster tropes in horror fiction is that they don't have to be limited to any specific setting,” said Chris Roberson. “Werewolf stories aren't all set in Eastern Europe, vampire stories don't have to take place in Victorian London, and zombies needn't be relegated to the post-apocalyptic scenario. There's a lot of fun to be had from taking these types of characters and transposing them into different historical periods and cultural milieus."
Mignola and Roberson are currently co-writing the acclaimed HELLBOY & THE BPRD adventures. “Chris's pitch for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD is what made us all realize he was a perfect writer to add to our little world,” said Mike Mignola. “Chris and Ben Stenbeck have outdone themselves on this book. I’m super excited about it!”
Stenbeck returns to WITCHFINDER, the title he helped launched in 2009, before working on BALTIMORE and the acclaimed FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND. “It’s fantastic to return to the world of WITCHFINDER,” said Ben Stenbeck. “I get to go back to Edward Grey’s London and help to flesh it out a bit more. Hopefully I've gotten better at it in the 7 years since I last drew WITCHFINDER.”
“I've always been an enormous fan of Victorian-era occult detectives, and of Mignola's Sir Edward Grey in particular,” said Roberson. “One of the greatest things about Hellboy's world is the richness of its backstory, and it's been a real thrill to get to explore some of the uncharted territory and fill in some of the gaps in the map."
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 (of 5) is in stores August 31, 2016.
About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.